Have you given yourself permission to believe?
The first question is simple, Have you heard the Word [logos] of the Lord? We can hear it by listening to a preacher, a friend, a song, or many others avenues. We can hear it by reading the scripture, a book, a blog posting, and many other sources of the written word. Or, we can hear it by direct revelation as the Holy Spirit speaks in our ear.
But then comes the part we often forget
Our mind must approve of the authenticity of the source and accept it as true. Here’s what I just read this morning from Jesse:
“The mind, then, has a lot to do with salvation. You can’t disregard the mind. It is where information is processed and it is the link to your heart. It is the link to your faith. I’m going to say it again: You hear with your ears, you receive with your mind, you believe with your heart!
That means that if your mind is empty—if your mind does not receive the message as important or vital—then God is limited as to what He can do for you. If your will is idle and you are not sincerely opening your mind to the message, then God is limited as to how He can move on your behalf.
Why? Because it is through the faith and prayers of His children that God moves within the earth. And faith comes from the heart. Yet before it gets to the heart it must go through the ears and mind.”
Excerpt From: Duplantis, Jesse. “God Is Not Enough, He’s Too Much!.” Harrison House, 2012-01-03. iBooks.
Only after our acceptance of the Truth, can we believe
So, how’s your realization of the Truth coming today? Are you [& I] authenticating what we’ve heard. How does that affect what we write, read, review, and publish? It better be the foundation of your creative processes.
God made us as a complex being with the God-given brains to see and understand. The statement is not just “The truth will set you free”. It’s “The truth you know and understand will set you free”. Both Jesse and David are correct that your mind is required to “know and understand” freedom.